Once upon a time back in the days of yore pot was pot.
It was green – full of stems and seeds and usually available as compacted bricks of weed from Mexico
It didn’t have fancy names.
But about a half century ago as marijuana seeped into the popular consciousness there were some break-out branding efforts.
You didn’t want just any Mexican weed—you wanted the fabled ‘Meshmecan’ (a garbled rendition of the name of the Mexican state of Michoacan) or better yet Acapulco Gold.
And then there was Maui Wowie.
And Thai Stick.
And Colombian Red Bud.
All of these strain names were rooted in place – seeking to make exoticism—as well as high THC content—a selling point.
But today – in the age of creeping marijuana legalization – the number of strains has exploded – the linkage with locales has largely vanished and marketing-savvy pot entrepreneurs seeking a niche for their products have gone on a serious branding binge.
Many strain names are linked to properties of the plants they identify (‘Blue Dream’ ‘Purple Urkle’ ‘Sour Diesel’) – others are named for their powerful properties (‘AK 47’ ‘Alaskan Thunderf**k’) and some for celebrities (Willie Nelson’s ‘Willie’s Reserve’ the Bob Marley family’s ‘Marley Natural’).
And some are just downright strange and funny.
Here are 8 of the funniest marijuana strain names (in no particular order) – with a tip of the hat to Civilized.
1. Purple Monkey Balls
It can be amusing to watch your friends’ faces when you tell them what they’re smoking.